Dec. 7, 2003
Iowa moved to No. 12 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Top 25 and remained the third highest rated Big Ten Conference team included in elite list. Iowa is No. 13 in Associated Press’ Top 25.
The Hawkeyes, 9-3 overall in 2003 and awaiting their bowl game assignment — to be announced officially at 5 p.m. tonight, collected 839 points. Michigan and Ohio State were ranked No. 4 (1,393) and No. 6 (1,168), respectively. Purdue (13th) and Minnesota (20th) were the only other Big Ten teams listed by ESPN.
Southern Cal, champions of the Pac-10 Conference, replaced Oklahoma as ESPN’s top ranked team. Louisiana State, champions of the Southeastern Conference, came in at No. 2. The Sooners, who were defeated by Kansas State in last night’s Big 12 Conference championship game, fell to No. 3.
Iowa is No. 13 in the land, according to AP, behind only Michigan (4th), Ohio State (7th) and Purdue (12th). USC, LSU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3 in AP’s list.
Assignments for the 2004 Bowl Championship Series and a handful of unfilled bowl games will fall into place this afternoon and will be announced official at 4:30 p.m. Iowa time during the Bowl Championship Series television special on ABC and at 5 p.m. on ESPN’s 2003-04 bowl game shows.
The UI Athletic Ticket Office will open at 5 p.m. to begin accepting orders for tickets to Iowa’s bowl game over-the-counter and over the telephone. Fans can call 1-800 IA-HAWKS to place their order by telephone. Fans can also order their bowl game tickets online at www.hawkeyesports.com.